Flexible Shackle Patents (Class 70/49)
  • Patent number: 10577835
    Abstract: A cable lockout assembly to tightly secure a cable that is arranged in a looped configuration with valves or switches in an ON/OFF or partial ON condition. A base includes a through passage for the cable. A rotatable piece is mated relative to the base for rotation about a central axis screw. The rotatable piece can be confined to the base by a conical washer on the central axis screw. A tool for rotating the rotatable piece engages with clamping force with the rotatable piece to fasten or unfasten the cable inserted in the through passage by fastening the rotatable piece over the base when the cable is placed in between the rotatable piece and the base. A cable manner is also employed to hold the wound cable and prevent loss of cable when the lockout is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: LOTO SAFETY PRODUCTS DMCC
    Inventors: Yusufi Fakhruddin Bhanpurawala, Lai Qiyang, Qaid Zohar Zakiuddin Shahpurwala
  • Patent number: 9677835
    Abstract: Devices, apparatus, systems and methods for locking ratchet belts about handguns and long guns with a ratchet belt and locking box. An embodiment can remove the working magazine from pistols and long guns replacing it with a non-working magazine that is locked onto the firearm. Another embodiment locks the trigger of handgun and long gun firearms. Another embodiment locks the firearm to support surfaces such as a wall, and the like. A still another embodiment can lock and prevent the pull handle of a shot gun from being pumped. Embodiments can be used alone or in combination so that handguns and long guns are locked and prevented from being discharged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Morgan S. Binns
  • Patent number: 9669888
    Abstract: A bicycle lock includes a housing having a retractable spool positioned therein, a flexible cable releasably wound about the retractable spool and partially exposed exterior of the housing, a fastener attached to the flexible cable and located exterior of the housing, and a locking mechanism located at the housing and selectively engaged with the fastener and the retractable spool. Advantageously, when the fastener is inserted into the locking mechanism and the locking mechanism is disposed at a first position, the flexible cable has a fixed longitudinal length. Advantageously, when the fastener is removed from the locking mechanism and the locking mechanism is disposed at a second position, the flexible cable has an adjustable longitudinal length. Notably, the first position is a locked position, and the second position is an unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Gregory Singleton
  • Patent number: 9105168
    Abstract: This invention relates to a tether device for use in a retail environment in conjunction with a cable lock security device. The cable lock device includes a cable having a free end which extends outwardly away therefrom after the cable lock is secured onto an article of goods. The tether is configured to receive the free end inside a lock channel alternatively lock and unlock this free end with the tether. The tether is intended to be secured onto a separable portion of an article of goods, while the cable lock is intended to be secured onto another separable portion. Thus, in locking the cable lock and the tether together, the two separable portions of the article of goods are thereby rendered generally inseparable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew R. Shute, Mark A. Ezzo
  • Patent number: 9032764
    Abstract: A safety lockout hasp for interaction with equipment, infrastructure, machinery, appliances, tools, implements and the like. The hasp comprising a body, a cable for engaging the plant and a movable member being movable relative to the body between an open condition and a closed condition. The movable member interacting with the cable such that in the closed condition an intermediate portion of the cable is secured in its position relative to the body. The movable member also interacts with the body such that in use in the closed condition the hasp can accommodate a plurality of locking elements so that the hasp is prevented from disengagement from the plant when accommodating at least one of the plurality of locking elements, and when the movable member is in the open condition the hasp is prevented from accommodating any of the locking elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Kevin Chia-Hao Yeh
  • Patent number: 9013306
    Abstract: A security device for securing an item, the security device comprising a housing configured to house a circuit board comprising electronics configured to send a telecommunication signal to a receiver when the electronics is activated; a cable configured to establish a conductive path with the circuit board when the housing is closed, thereby activating the electronics; a lock assembly configured to be activated when the housing is closed; and a cover configured to close the housing, the cover having a first pin configured to engage a first end of the cable to prevent removal of a first end of the cable from the housing when housing is closed, and the cover having a second pin configured to activate the lock assembly to prevent removal of a second end of the cable from the housing when the housing is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Racer Technology Pte Ltd
    Inventors: Kee Joo Willy Koh, Chee Kean Lim, Kia Boon Chew
  • Patent number: 8978427
    Abstract: Security tag includes a housing and a movable locking element. A latch within the housing is resiliently biased toward the movable locking element and movable responsive to a magnetic field between a locked position and an unlocked position. A guide structure is arranged to constrain movement of the latch. The latch and the guide structure are cooperatively arranged to ensure an engagement that will disrupt a motion trajectory of the latch occurring when the housing is subjected to a physical impact. Consequently, the latch is selectively inhibited from moving fully from the locked position to the unlocked position when the housing is subjected to the physical impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Wing Kei Ho, Gopal Chandramowle
  • Patent number: 8948975
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a combination machine comprising: a towed machine; and a towing machine physically coupled to the towed machine, wherein the towing machine tows the towed machine, wherein the towing machine comprises a machine control system configured to: scan a smart label, the smart label affixed to a container containing a composition to be dispensed by the towed machine; and automatically adjust controls of the towing machine and the towed machine based on the scanned information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: AGCO Corporation
    Inventors: John Peterson, David John Ringeisen
  • Patent number: 8939000
    Abstract: The invention provides a bicycle lock with three rigid lock rods, either separable or articulating, which together provide an adaptable secure frame-to-wheel-to-security-object bicycle locking mechanism in conjunction with a removable seat post. One rod is inserted partially into the removed seat post, and the other rods extend outward from the first rod and then back toward the seat post for locking to a seat post clamp thereon, thus forming a closed triangular lock. The lock can be passed through the bicycle frame and wheel and around a bike rack or other external structure before closing to secure both the frame, wheel and seat post to the structure to prevent theft of any one or more of these components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventors: David Mendyk, Neil Blackmore, Kara Chomistek
  • Patent number: 8904831
    Abstract: A lock assembly includes a plurality of link members and a lock body. Each link member includes a first end having a first pivot feature defining a first pivot axis and a second end having a second pivot feature defining a second pivot axis disposed at an angle with respect to the first pivot axis. The plurality of link members includes a first end link member, a second end link member, and a plurality of intermediate link members pivotably connected to adjacent ones of the plurality of link members at the first and second pivot features. The lock body is pivotably connected to the first pivot feature of the first end link member and includes a locking mechanism and a locking member configured to lockingly engage the second pivot feature of the second end link member when the locking mechanism is moved to a locked condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Master Lock Company LLC
    Inventor: Scott B. Stevens
  • Patent number: 8899080
    Abstract: A system for securing an item is disclosed. The system may include a length of flexible cable, a connector, and a lock. The connector may selectively connect a first portion of the cable and a second portion of the cable to form a loop in the cable. The connector may comprise a base comprising a first aperture containing the first portion of the cable and a corner. The connector may further comprise a blocker. The blocker may occupy a blocking position wherein the blocker cooperates with the base to maintain the second portion bent around the corner. The lock may selectively secure the blocker with respect to the base and maintain the blocker in the blocking position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Jay S Derman
  • Patent number: 8881559
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a foldable lock. The foldable lock is constituted by a lock head which is pivoted with a foldable lock rod set. Two steel balls are used by the lock head to control unlocking and locking operations, thereby improving difficulty in prizing. The foldable lock rod set is composed of plural flexible lock rods, plural pivoting sheaths, plural protective covers and plural bolts, allowing the foldable lock to have a better circuity when twining an object. By the abovementioned structures, the foldable lock can increase convenience in the locking operation and enhance the anti-theft effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Vulcan Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chin Shu Chang
  • Patent number: 8844329
    Abstract: A locking cable device which inhibits the theft of computer equipment. The security device combines a scissor clip designed to connect to the built-in security slot in computer equipment, a cable, and a lock. They are combined by way of a dual-action lock, with the first action capable of engaging and disengaging the scissor clip from the computer equipment, and the second action capable of separately disengaging the security cable to allow it to pass through other equipment or fasteners to allow the device to secure multiple pieces of computer equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Anderson
  • Patent number: 8839650
    Abstract: A lock assembly (210) including a body (220), at least one locking member (223, 240) and a length of lock material with two free ends and at least one leg (212) attached to one of the free ends, each leg configured to be engaged by a respective locking member. The locking members are separately actuable such that each leg (212) may be removed from the lock body independent of any other legs. A bracket assembly (300) for connecting a lock assembly (210) to a bicycle or the like. The bracket includes a bracket body (310) with a strap (330) that is secured via a pivotal buckle (340). The bracket body (310) includes at least one flange (320, 322) configured to slidably engage a groove (250, 252) provided along the lock assembly (210).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: Robert David Zuraski
  • Patent number: 8813528
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a personal electronic or hand held device (PED), includes a housing for a “pull-tight” lock mechanism attached to an elongated, flexible cable looped through a plurality of corner pieces, and a lock for releasable attachment proximate the distal end of the cable for looping the cable around a secure stationary work object and back through a cable accepting means on said “pull-tight” lock housing. A releasable locking mechanism is disposed within said housing to allow movement of said cable in the first direction, but not in the direction opposite from the first direction when the cable is slidably engaged or “cinched” tight through the corner pieces and secured around the PED by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Jordan A. Olear, Jeffrey R. Olear
  • Patent number: 8800330
    Abstract: A security device for protecting a merchandise item that includes a housing, a first cable, a second cable, a spool, a locking mechanism and a crossover device that is in the housing and is rotatable about a vertical axis. The locking mechanism locks the spool so that it is not rotatable about the vertical axis. The cable crossover device is placed on a side of a merchandise item opposite the housing. The crossover device in is formed with a crossover body and a latch. The crossover body has the first cable slidably attached to it. The latch is configured to be locked to the crossover body. The second cable slidably is attached to the latch. The latch is configured to be partially released from the crossover body when it unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Ronald M. Marsilio
  • Patent number: 8776560
    Abstract: A bicycle link having one or more openings that can be ?-shaped and having a slider that closes a portion of the one or more openings is disclosed. The slider can be secured in place in relation to the bicycle link with a padlock or the like being placed in aligned holes in the slide and it the portion of the bicycle link containing the slider. Cables, chains and the like are placed in the openings and secured to immovable objects. When the slider is locked in place to close a portion of the openings, this arrangement secures the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: John Loughlin, Robert Loughlin
  • Patent number: 8640512
    Abstract: A lock structure for an electrical device includes a rotatable fastener and a lock body. The rotatable fastener has an extending portion and a retaining portion, wherein the extending portion and the retaining portion form a T-shaped structure; the lock body is connected to the rotatable fastener and has a key hole. The lock body further has a first position and a second position in a radial direction of the extending portion. The key inserted in the key hole operates the lock body to displace from the second position to the first position, wherein the lock body drives the rotatable fastener to rotate to an unlocked position. When the lock body is in the first position, the lock body is pressed to displace from the first position to the second position, wherein the lock body drives the rotatable fastener to rotate to a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Sinox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chun-Sheng Wu
  • Patent number: 8621898
    Abstract: A foldable lock includes a first body, a second body, and a rod set including a plurality of pivotally connected locking rods. The first body and the second body are separately pin-connected to a locking rod. The first body, the second body, and the plurality of the locking rods can have rotational movement in two-dimensional space with the pin joint as a rotation axis, which affects relative position of the first body and the second body. The first body has a first mating face, and the second body has a second mating face. The mating faces can separate from or mate with each other. The bodies and the rod set constitutes a closed ring by means of matching of the mating faces; at this time, a locking operation will let the mating faces be unable to separate from each other, namely the bodies will not move relatively. At the same time, if the closed ring does not circle any object, the rod set can further be rotated to a stacking state for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Sinoxlock (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mao-Yi Chen
  • Patent number: 8596099
    Abstract: An apparatus for deterring theft of an outdoor-type HVAC condenser unit that includes a first cut-resistant, elongate restraint for being extended across a top and down opposing sides of the unit, and includes on opposite ends thereof a respective anchor for being secured in a supporting structure on which the unit is positioned. A second cut-resistant, elongate restraint is provided for being extended across the top and down opposing sides of the unit in spaced-apart relation to and intersecting the first restraint, and includes on opposite ends thereof a respective anchor for being secured in the supporting structure on which the unit is positioned. At least one lock is provided for connecting together the first restraint and the second restraint at a point of intersecting the first restraint and the second restraint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: HVAC Shackle LLC
    Inventor: Donald L. Eldred
  • Patent number: 8596102
    Abstract: A bicycle link having one or more openings that can be ?-shaped and having a slider that closes a portion of the one or more openings is disclosed. The slider can be secured in place in relation to the bicycle link with a padlock or the like being placed in aligned holes in the slide and it the portion of the bicycle link containing the slider. Cables, chains and the like are placed in the openings and secured to immovable objects. When the slider is locked in place to close a portion of the openings, this arrangement secures the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Stanton Concepts Inc.
    Inventors: John Loughlin, Robert Loughlin
  • Patent number: 8578743
    Abstract: A cable lock includes a belt, a lock body, a first clamp unit, a second clamp unit, and a switch unit. The belt has a buckle unit at one end thereof. The lock body has a hole for the belt to pass therethrough and a slot for receiving the buckle unit, wherein the belt and the lock body are together capable of forming a closed loop. The first clamp unit for fixing the belt in the hole is movably disposed in the lock body while the second clamp unit for retaining the buckle unit in the slot is movably disposed in the lock body. The switch unit is rotatably disposed on the lock body and capable of enabling the cable lock to operate in a locked mode, a clinched mode, or an unlocked mode. When the cable lock operates in the locked mode, the first clamp unit fixes the belt in the hole and the second clamp unit retains the buckle unit in the slot so that the closed loop has a fixed length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Sinox Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Chang-Chiang Yu
  • Patent number: 8555682
    Abstract: A linkage lock includes at least a plurality of elongated links capable of being arranged in a substantially tubular configuration; wherein each link has a longitudinal axis extending therethrough and at least one pivot disposed at the ends thereof configured to allow rotation about an axis in substantially orthogonal relation to the longitudinal axis; wherein at least one link is configured to be separable from the remainder of the linkage lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher Trunek
  • Patent number: 8528372
    Abstract: Security device comprising a clasping member that comprises a conducting member, a locking member connected to the clasping member, such that the locking member and the clasping member form a loop, the locking member in turn comprising: a gear member comprising a protruding profile, the gear member extending in a first plane with the protruding profile raised from the first plane, a maneuvering member extending in a second plane parallel to the first plane, the maneuvering member being rotatable relative the gear member and comprising a latch member biased towards the first plane arranged to engage the gear member, such that rotation of the maneuvering member in opposite directions causes a narrowing or a widening of the loop. Rotation in a opposite direction is prevented through the engagement of the latch member with the protruding profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: MW Security AB
    Inventor: Thomas Nilsson
  • Patent number: 8528370
    Abstract: A lock includes a housing, a cable, a restrictor, and a lock unit. One end of the cable is fixed to the housing while the other end is detachably connected to the housing so as to selectively form an adjustable loop with the housing. The restrictor is rotatably disposed on the housing to selectively wedge together with the cable. The lock unit is disposed on the housing and can be selectively moved among a first position, a second position, and a third position. When the lock unit is moved toward the first position, the restrictor moves together with the lock unit to detach from the cable so as to allow the other end of the cable to disassemble from the housing. When the lock unit is moved to the second position, the restrictor restricts the cable to move toward a specific direction so as to shrink the adjustable loop. When the lock unit is moved to the third position, the restrictor wedges together with the cable, so that the length of the adjustable loop is fixed and not adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Sinoxlock (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang-Chiang Yu, Chia-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 8505344
    Abstract: A rotatable lock for a portable electronic device includes a first casing, a second casing, two interlocking members, an I-shaped engaging member, a driving member, an elastic member and a lock core. The lock core is a depressible tubular lock having a limiting slot adjacent to an end and a key hole on another end. The key hole is an axial slot and has a plurality of protrusions and a positioning slot disposed in an inner wall, and a pivoted sliding rod. The key is a hollow column and has a positioning pin and a plurality of grooves. To unlock the lock, a positioning pin of the key needs to be aligned with the positioning slot of the key hole, and then the groove of the key engages with the protrusion of the key hole of the lock core such that the key is able to be rotated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Ingamar Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jason Su
  • Patent number: 8505342
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bicycle lock structure with dual latch, which includes a latch seat and a lock body, wherein two parallel latches are set on one side of the latch seat, two inserting holes are set on one side of the lock body for inserting the latches, and at least a bead is drove to wedge into a wedged hole of the latch by a slider inside the lock body to form wedged locking, the lock picking difficulty is increased by such structure, to thereby improve the anti-theft effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Crops Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Keiji Taiga
  • Patent number: 8499595
    Abstract: A security device includes a plurality of cables which are securable about an item of merchandise with a lockable cable-linking member and a cable-tightening mechanism each connected to the cables in a spaced apart manner. The cable-linking member may include a key member for unlocking the tightening mechanism. The tightening mechanism includes an internal spool and other internal members some of which are related to the locking and unlocking of the tightening mechanism. The tightening mechanism carries sense loops which typically include the cables and which if compromised actuate an onboard audible alarm. The device is configured to sound a security gate alarm upon passing through the gate and upon simply reaching a certain distance from the gate. The tightening mechanism may include a flip-up handle for rotating the spool to tighten the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventors: Ningsheng Zhang, Ronald M. Marsilio, Dennis D. Belden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8429940
    Abstract: An armored cable assembly (10) includes a flexible cable (12), a plurality of first armor elements (14), and a plurality of second armor elements (20). The flexible cable (12) is received within a bore (16, 28) in each of the armor elements (14, 20), which are threaded in alternate manner on the flexible cable (12). A ball and socket joint is established between adjacent armor elements (14, 20). Each of the second armor elements (20) includes a cylindrical portion (22) between first and second arcuate or hemispherical ends (24), each end (24) being adapted to provide the ball of the ball and socket joint. A locking assembly (50) is further provided for use with an armored cable assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Tyson Security Pty Limited
    Inventor: David John Evans
  • Patent number: 8418513
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plate lock having a lock body and a hinged bar hoop. A first end of the hinged bar hoop is permanently secured to the lock body and a second end of the hinged bar hoop can be latched to the lock body. The hinged bar hoop has a plurality of hinged bars which are pivotally connected to one another via a respective hinged connection. The hinged bars have a first eye and a second eye, wherein the respective hinged connection between two hinged bars has at least one hinged pin in order to connect the first eye of the one hinged bar to the second eye of the other hinged bar. The respective hinged bar has at least one bent metal wire or at least one folded sheet metal part which extends between the first eye and the second eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Abus August Bremicker Sohne KG
    Inventors: Joachim Buhl, Eduard Buchmüller
  • Patent number: 8347663
    Abstract: A security device a plurality of cables which are securable about an item of merchandise with a locking member and a cable-tightening mechanism each connected to the cables in a spaced apart manner. The locking member includes a key portion for unlocking the tightening mechanism when the cable is removed from the item. The tightening mechanism includes a spool and a ratchet mechanism. Alternate embodiments for locking and unlocking the ratchet mechanism are disclosed. The tightening mechanism carries sense loops which if compromised actuate an onboard audible alarm. The cables are part of one or more of the sense loops. The device is configured to sound a security gate alarm upon passing through the gate and upon simply reaching a certain distance from the gate. The tightening mechanism includes a housing having a flip-up handle for tightening the ratchet mechanism to tighten the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Fawcett, Ronald M. Marsilio
  • Patent number: 8336344
    Abstract: A device is configured to be adjusted between open and closed conditions, and to securely engage a security slot of a portable computer when in the closed condition. The device defines an internal cavity that is configured to receive a portion of a cable-like computer lock when the device is in the closed condition. The device is further configured to extend the computer lock away from the housing of the portable computer. The device prevents the computer lock from obstructing access to surface features on the computer proximate to the security slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Mark Senatori
  • Patent number: 8302436
    Abstract: A linkage lock comprises a lock body, a linkage chain, and a lock mechanism arranged in the lock body. The linkage chain is formed via linking a plurality of link plates and has a first end joined with the lock body and a second end able to be inserted into and secured to a socket of the lock body. The lock body has a shaft. When intending to collect the linkage lock whose second end is unlocked, the user winds the linkage chain around the surface of the shaft with the shaft being a central axis to fold the linkage lock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Sinox Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mei Ling Cheung
  • Patent number: 8297086
    Abstract: A loop connector and a cable lock having the loop connector are provided. The cable lock includes a cable, a lock body, and the loop connector. The lock body has a lock unit and a restricting unit. The lock unit can restrict or release the restricting unit to allow the restricting unit to movably restrict or release the cable. The cable thereby extends or retracts in this manner. The loop connector has a connector body that includes a first through hole and a second through hole. The first through hole and the second through hole are adjacent to each other, wherein the normal direction of the cross section of the first through hole is perpendicular to the normal direction of the cross section of the second through hole. When the cable passing through the lock body passes through the loop connector, the cable forms a plurality of loops at the lock body with the loop connector and the lock body to secure and protect one or more articles from being stolen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Sinox Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Chang-Chiang Yu, Chia-Hung Wang
  • Patent number: 8281626
    Abstract: A security device includes a locking member, a ratchet mechanism, and a plurality of cables. The cables are wrapped around an object. An attachment clip is releasably snap-fitted into the body of the security device. The ratchet mechanism includes a spool and a locking pawl or lever. A key is used to unlock the clip from the housing. An alarm system is contained in the housing and actuates an audible alarm upon certain unauthorized actions occurring. Insertion of the clip into the housing automatically actuates the ratchet mechanism preventing movement of the cable in the unwind direction and activates the alarm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian V. Conti, Christopher J. Fawcett, David P. Christianson, Mitchell S. Goldstein
  • Publication number: 20120210756
    Abstract: A lock includes a stationary key mass having a key mass bore and a keyway, and a movable spring mass having a spring mass bore. A spring mass pin is mounted in the spring mass bore, and a key mass pin is mounted in the key mass bore for reciprocation between a locked position immobilizing the spring mass and an unlocked position unconstraining motion. The unlocked position is a function of the presence of a matching key in the keyway. Multiple key mass and spring mass pins can be used, and some can have stepped configurations. Corresponding single-bladed or multi-bladed keys, or multiple keys, can be used. The keys can be straight or curved or flexible to match curved keyways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Gordon B. J. Mah
  • Patent number: 8225631
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hoop lock for two wheelers, wherein the hoop lock has a lock body and a substantially U-shaped hoop. The hoop is selectively releasable from the lock body or latchable to the lock body. The hoop has at least two wire sections which extend along the U-shape of the hoop alongside one another, and which are surrounded, at least regionally, by a sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Sohne KG
    Inventor: Thomas Becker
  • Patent number: 8225629
    Abstract: A lock assembly including a body and at least one locking member. An actuator mechanism within the body is moveable between locked and unlocked positions. The actuator mechanism may be actuated by either a key lock cylinder or an electronic actuator. The lock assembly may also include a memory configured to store user identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Ingersoll Rand Company
    Inventors: Robert D. Zuraski, Cornelius McDaid, John Paul Thambusami Joy Sachidanadam
  • Publication number: 20120151973
    Abstract: A linkage lock comprises a lock body, a linkage chain, and a lock mechanism arranged in the lock body. The linkage chain is formed via linking a plurality of link plates and has a first end joined with the lock body and a second end able to be inserted into and secured to a socket of the lock body. The lock body has a shaft. When intending to collect the linkage lock whose second end is unlocked, the user winds the linkage chain around the surface of the shaft with the shaft being a central axis to fold the linkage lock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 21, 2012
    Applicant: SINOX CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Mei Ling Cheung
  • Patent number: 8156772
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plate lock having a lock body and a hinged bar hoop. A first end of the hinged bar hoop is permanently secured to the lock body and a second end of the hinged bar hoop can be latched to the lock body. The hinged bar hoop has a plurality of hinged bars which are pivotally connected to one another via a respective hinged connection. The hinged bars have a first eye and a second eye, wherein the respective hinged connection between two hinged bars has at least one hinged pin in order to connect the first eye of the one hinged bar to the second eye of the other hinged bar. The respective hinged bar has at least one bent metal wire or at least one folded sheet metal part which extends between the first eye and the second eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Abus August Bremicker Sohne KG
    Inventors: Joachim Buhl, Eduard Buchmüller
  • Patent number: 8151604
    Abstract: The invention relates to a loop lock, in particular to a chain lock or to a wire cable lock, having a lock body which has a longitudinal axis and which surrounds a cylinder housing of a lock cylinder and having a loop, wherein the first end of the loop is permanently fastened to a fastening point of the cylinder housing and is aligned perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the lock body, wherein a second end of the loop can be releasably fastened to a longitudinal end of the lock body and is aligned coaxially to the longitudinal axis of the lock body; and wherein a cylinder core of the lock cylinder is rotatably journalled about an axis of rotation in the cylinder housing and is characterized in that the axis of rotation of the cylinder core is offset in parallel with respect to the longitudinal axis of the lock body, namely away from the fastening point for the first end of the loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: ABUS August Bremicker Soehne KG
    Inventors: Manuel Thomas, Hoi Jarm Ng, Wai Leung Ng, legal representative
  • Patent number: 8132437
    Abstract: A bicycle lock comprises a handlebar union connecting a handlebar with a bicycle frame and having an insert hole; a lock mechanism built in the handlebar union and manipulated to have a lock state or an unlock state; and a cable with one end thereof connected with the handlebar union and another end thereof having a bolt. The cable can be wound around a fixed object. The bolt can be inserted into the insert hole and manipulated to a lock state via the lock mechanism to make the bolt neither disengage from the insert hole nor separate from the handlebar union.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sinox Lock (Kushan) Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Mao-Yi Chen
  • Publication number: 20120055210
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a lock assembly for use with locking stainless steel or steel cables, shackle bars and/or chains. The locking mechanism is a rotating cam that can secure the cable, shackle bar or chain into the lock assembly and release the same by again rotating the cam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Inventor: Kenneth Biba
  • Patent number: 8122744
    Abstract: A security device includes a locking member, a ratchet mechanism, and a plurality of cables. The cables are wrapped around all six sides of a box-like article. An attachment clip is releasably snap-fitted into the body of the security device and locked. The ratchet mechanism includes a spool and a locking pawl. A top wall of the housing has a key receiving recess for positioning the key for unlocking the clip from the housing and releasing the spool. The housing has a rotatable handle for manually rotating the internal spool to further tighten the cable about the article after the cable slack is taken up by an internal spring. An alarm system in the housing actuates an audible alarm upon certain unauthorized actions. Insertion of the clip into the housing automatically actuates the ratchet mechanism preventing movement of the cable in the unwind direction and activates the alarm system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian V. Conti, Christopher J. Fawcett, David P. Christianson, Mitchell S. Goldstein
  • Publication number: 20120042701
    Abstract: A lock includes a stationary key mass having a first key mass bore and a keyway, and a movable spring mass including a first spring mass bore. A first spring mass pin is mounted in the first spring mass bore, and a first key mass pin is mounted in the first key mass bore for reciprocation between a locked position immobilizing the spring mass and an unlocked position unconstraining motion in at least one direction. The unlocked position is a function of the presence of a matching key in the keyway. Multiple key mass and spring mass pins can be used, some or all of which can have stepped configurations, and corresponding single-bladed or multi-bladed keys, or multiple keys, can be used. The keys can be straight or curved in any of various planes, or they can be straight but flexible to match curved keyways. Curves can be unidirectional or compound. Relative motion between the key mass and spring mass can be in a plane or along straight line or circular.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Publication date: February 23, 2012
    Applicant: GORDON MAH ENTERPRISE, INC.
    Inventor: Gordon B. J. Mah
  • Patent number: 8117875
    Abstract: The retractable wheel lock has a wheel axle assembly that includes a hub forming a housing with an opening. The hub is freely rotatable about the axle. A retractable cable including a male locking element is coiled in the hub and can be retractably paid out from the hub, guided through a frame of an attached bicycle, around a bike rack, pole, or the like, and then back into a female lock socket affixed to the hub to conveniently secure the bicycle in a theft resistant manner. Alternative embodiments allow a rim to rotate freely around the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Phillip D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8113020
    Abstract: A lock includes a housing, a cover, a lock cylinder holder, a lock cylinder, a cam, a resisting shaft, at least one latching block, and at least one first elastic member. The cover is secured to one end of the housing. A gap is formed between the cover and the housing. The lock cylinder holder is secured to the housing. The lock cylinder is rotatably mounted in the lock cylinder holder. The cam is received in the housing and secured to the lock cylinder. The resisting shaft is rotatably mounted in the housing and includes a frustum shaped end. The latching block is received in the gap. The latching block includes an inclined surface corresponding to the frustum shaped end. The first elastic member is configured to connect the latching block to the cover or the housing. An electronic device using the lock is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu-Rong Liu, Xiao-Feng Yang, You-Xiang Ding
  • Patent number: 8087269
    Abstract: A security device may include a spool, locking mechanism, button, plug, and latch. The spool is configured to either wind or unwind a cable for wrapping around an object. The locking mechanism is configured to partially lock the spool. The button may be used to move the locking mechanism between locked and unlocked positions. The button may be blocked by inserting a plug into a housing of the device such that the button can not be activated to unlock the spool. The plug may be secured to the housing through the latch that prevents the unauthorized removal of the plug. For an enhanced locking feature, the latch and the plug may be configured to require at least two forces to move the latch and free the plug. The spool, locking mechanism, and button may be stacked along a common axis to provide a more compacted design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian V. Conti, Ningsheng Zhang
  • Patent number: 8065895
    Abstract: A bicycle lock device for public use is disclosed. The device is comprised of an enclosure, a retractable reel with a retractable cable, a lock/unlock device having a first member attached to the cable free end, and a second member secured in the enclosure, and a lock control device. The user accesses the device by inserting a payment such as a coin or credit card in a user interface of the device. If the payment is accepted, the user then enters a user-specified key code in a keypad on the lock control device. The lock control device unlocks the lock/unlock device. The retractable cable may then be extended. The user weaves the cable through the bicycle components and then enters the cable free end into the lock/unlock device, thereby locking the lock/unlock device and securing the bicycle. When the user later enters the key-code, the device unlocks the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: Andersen Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Jacob Silas Lee Andersen
  • Patent number: 8042366
    Abstract: A security apparatus is disclosed. The security apparatus comprises an attachment device comprising a base. A locking head can be configured to secure to the base. The attachment device can be small and strong. The locking head can have a securing element and a locking component, associated with a housing. The locking head may be in a secured configuration upon a single motion or movement of the locking head. The locking head may contain one or more gate structures for securing to the attachment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Acco Brands USA LLC
    Inventors: Robert Mahaffey, John Hung, John Tan, Will Ali, Ryan White, Michael Xiao Lei Liang